Police use stun gun, pepper spray on Gilford man charged with DWI
By DAN SEUFERT Union Leader Correspondent
GILFORD – A local man has been charged with DWI and several other charges for leading police on a chase that ended when police used a Taser and pepper spray on him Monday night.
Cameron Lobo, 23, of 344 Old Lakeshore Road, No. 13, was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving an unregistered vehicle, misuse of license plates, operating without a valid license, resisting arrest and simple assault, police said.
Police said that at 9:26 p.m., they received a 911 call from a resident on Cherry Valley Road reporting that a vehicle had been in a motor vehicle collision with a sign in front of the Gunstock Inn and that the driver appeared to be drunk.
When Field Training Officer Douglas Wall arrived at the address, he observed Lobo walking "at a fast pace" away from a 2001 BMW that had struck a guy wire attached to a utility pole, police said. Wall ordered Lobo to stop, at which point Lobo began to run down a steep hill toward the parking lot of the Gunstock Inn. He then fell and rolled down the hill, police said.
Wall caught up with Lobo in the parking lot and issued repeated commands to stop and to place his hands behind his back and to get on his knees, but Lobo began yelling obscenities and would not comply, according to police. A struggle ensued and Wall used his Taser on Lobo, police said.
Lobo was subdued, handcuffed and held on the ground until more police arrived. While being taken to the Gilford Police Department, police said, Lobo began hitting his head against the cruiser's barrier. As a result, he sustained a cut to his forehead.
Officer Kevin Baron stopped the police cruiser on Cherry Valley Road and tried to calm Lobo to prevent him from further injuring himself, but Lobo would not, and during the struggle he was sprayed with pepper spray, police said.
After being initially treated on the roadside, Lobo was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital for further treatment, police said. While at the hospital, Lobo was uncooperative, yelling obscenities and threatening officers and hospital staff. While he was being placed in four-point restraints, Lobo head-butted Wall in the chest.
A nurse was also injured when Lobo spit blood and saliva in her right eye, police said.
After he was medically cleared, Lobo was transported to the Belknap County Jail. He refused bail and was video-arraigned at the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia District Division, Tuesday. He was released on $2,500 personal recognizance bail.